And not one peep out of any media sources until now. The United States was not in a declared war against Iran. There was zero reason under any treaty to assassinate Soleimani.
And you, as with this Republican administration, uses "probably" and "maybe" and "whataboutism" to support your opinion.
I would correct you there. The US has an authorized use of force against terror individuals and organizations (this a declared war, just not against a state). The official definition of terror, according to the US government, includes much or all of the Iran Republican National Guard. So, actually we are at war with that organization.
I was hoping someone would bring this up - because, this too is false, and has been conflated by the WH. POTUS said in the presser on Thursday that the Obama administration designated IRGC a terror group, which is true - but his cabinet members in presentation to members of Congress and in interviews say it's the 2002 Iraq AUMF that gives them authority to strike. They can't even get which statute they are using straight in the same damn building. Are we to believe Pompeo/Esper's interpretation, or POTUS? How about neither:
2002 Iraq AUMF, section 3, states:The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to—(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.
Not one mention of Iran, or Iranian activity within Iraq.https://www.justsecurity.org/67993/why- ... y-to-iran/
As for the 2001 AUMF, you are also incorrect to cite its relevance, because it states quite clearly in Section 2:(a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
The IRGC is not a group recognized to have participated in the events of 9/11, and as a Shia organization, is certainly not actively engaged in funding streams or other activities related to Sunni terror groups that DO threaten the US, unlike other 'allies.' In fact, as POTUS noted, IRGC and US have had a common enemy in ISIS for several years.
Just a minor and necessary correction to rampant misinformation being spewed about by this administration. Fortunately hawk-eyed members of Congress on both sides of the aisle aren't buying this nonsense.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty